Ghana lost for the second successive time against Mali in an Africa Cup of Nations third-place match.
The Black Stars were beaten 3-1 at Nelson Mandela Sports Stadium in Port Elizabeth Bay Stadium on Saturday evening.
Fatau Dauda – 6
Hardly at fault for any of Mali’s goals and otherwise had little to show on the night. The AshGold stopper will certainly be unhappy about the organisation of his central defence.
Harrison Afful – 6
The Esperance man had an average display on the night but he would certainly be blamed for failing to keep Adama Tamboura under surveillance as the Mali left-back breached the defence to set up Mamoudou Samassa for the opening goal.
Richard Kissi Boateng – 5
Won’t be a memorable AFCON debut for the TP Mazembe new signing as he failed to make any real impact especially after Kwesi Appiah had been chastised for leaving him on the bench in the semi-final defeat to Burkina Faso.
Isaac Vorsah – 5
The 24-year-old tried to use all his experience to marshal the back four but he was hugely unsuccessful.
John Boye – 6
Boye failed to stand out in defence and was as exposed as the rest of his colleagues in the defensive department. Two of Mali’s goals should have been dealt with by Boye and his compatriots in central defence.
Awal Mohammed – 4
Not quite sure what informed Kwesi Appiah’s decision to deploy the Maritzburg United man in a holding midfield role. He virtually failed to attend to his duties as there were basic flaws identified in his play. He failed to serve as cover for the back and was caught going forward more often.
Kwadwo Asamoah – 7.5
Perhaps Ghana’s best player on the pitch. He showed some pieces of his deft and impressive aggressiveness on the ball. He scored Ghana’s consolation with a thunderous drive from 25 yards out.
Mubarak Wakaso – 6
Aside everything, the Espanyol man needs to check his temperament. He was lucky to have stayed on for the entire duration of the game. He had the chance to win the AFCON goal king award but he blew it when he skied a penalty in the 58th minute. But hey! he is a real deal.
Solomon Asante – 6.5
The Little man’s pace and trickery proved vital on the right side of attack for Ghana as he won many fouls in vital areas. He has a future in the team and he advertised his qualities to the world.
Asamoah Gyan – 4.5
Gy-giantic under-performance from the captain. There was nothing consolatory about his performance. The less talk about him as a leader, the better.
Christian Atsu – 5
Put the Porto man on the right and you get little out of him and this is what Kwesi Appiah went for. Though he had some few exciting moments in the first half, he was virtually anonymous in the 70 minutes he lasted. He still has some work to do.
Jonathan Mensah – 6
He brought stability into the defence and solidified the back four after replacing John Boye.
Albert Adomah – 5
The Bristol City man brought some fire down the right flank with his speed and crosses into the Mali goal area but there were no connections.
Emmanuel Clottey – 3
Did anybody realise Clottey came on to the pitch? His place is certainly not in the Black Stars for now.